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BC-SD--South Dakota News Digest, 1:30 pm, SD

May 3, 2019

Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in South Dakota. Questions about coverage plans go to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or dglass@ap.org. Dave Kolpack is on the desk.

This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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AROUND THE STATE:

KILLER PAROLED

MOBRIDGE, S.D. _ A man who served more than two decades in prison for raping and killing an 18-year-old South Dakota woman in 1980 will soon be free. The South Dakota Board of Pardons and Paroles on April 17 approved the release of Nicholas Scherr, 54, once a parole plan is ready in the upcoming weeks. Scherr pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting Candace Rough Surface, the mother of a 2-year-old boy, in Walworth County. SENT: 290 words.

EXCHANGE-HIKING BLACK ELK PEAK

RAPID CITY, S.D. _ After scarfing down sandwiches and grabbing free hiking sticks at the trailhead, students began hiking up — some at a runner’s pace — Black Elk Peak, the highest point in South Dakota. Two Crow was part of a group of more than 20 students, five staff members and three dogs who made the trek to welcome back the Wakinyan Oyate, or thunder beings, by smudging sage and leaving food and prayer ties at the 7,244-feet-tall summit. For generations, Lakota people have hiked up Black Elk Peak to honor the thunder beings, which disappear in the winter and return in the spring, said teacher Celestine Stadnick. By Arielle Zionts, Rapid City Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 543 words.

IN BRIEF:

REBRANDING DAKOTA STATE

SPORTS:

TWINS-YANKEES

NEW YORK _ Minnesota (19-10) takes baseball’s best record into the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, where the Twins are 14-50 since 2002 _ including the postseason. James Paxton (3-2, 3.38 ERA) pitches for New York against Kyle Gibson (2-0, 4.88), who is 1-5 with a 6.86 ERA in eight starts against the Yankees. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m.

VIKINGS-ROOKIES

EAGAN, Minn. _ Austin Cutting became the first Air Force player drafted in 20 years, when the Minnesota Vikings took the long snapper in the seventh round. Pursuing a pro football career isn’t so simple, though, with required military service to be sorted out first for Cutting. By Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell. UPCOMING: 650 words, by 6 p.m. EST.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY-WHAT’S NEXT

Meghan Duggan need only look around sports to get excited about what an NHL-run women’s hockey league might look like. The NBA did it with the WNBA. Soccer leagues in Europe and the U.S. have done it. And that was enough for the 2018 U.S. Olympic gold-medal winning captain and more than 200 fellow players to take a leap of faith by pledging not to play in North America this year to try to get to the point where there’s a single, economically viable professional league. By Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow. SENT: 925 words, photos.

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